It seems that every website I visit nowadays boasts its own Facebook like button. But what does this actually mean for someone visiting the site? New information suggests these widgets do more than just post information to your Facebook wall if you click the thumbs up icon. Eerily, the buttons are working even if you don’t click it at all.
Privacy debates are flooding the conversation about social media and it’s no secret that Facebook users are now taking more precautions when it comes to sharing information online. I’m not here to ease that “Big Brother” paranoia that the media has rightfully instilled in so many of us. The Wall Street Journal recently revealed that Facebook (along with Twitter) follows users to sites even after they turn off their browser and even computer.
When you see a Facebook like button on another website, Facebook knows you’re there. The crazy thing is, you don’t have to actually click the like button. Just being on that website (like reading a magazine article online) alerts Facebook that you’re there. As long as you’ve logged in to your account within a month, Facebook can track you.
- Guest writer Matt Reed is a developer at Redpepper.